Army Maintenance Training and Evaluation Simulation System (AMTESS) device Evaluation. Volume 2. Transfer-of-Training Assessment of Two Prototype Devices
Final rept. Jan 1982-Jul 1984
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INC MCLEAN VA BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES RESEARCH CENTER
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Students from several MOS were trained to perform maintenance tasks using either conventional methods or one of two AMTESS Army Maintenance Training and Evaluation Simulation System devices. All students were subsequently tested on operational equipment. Approximately 30 of the comparisons made between device-trained and conventionally trained students indicated statistically superior performance by the conventionally trained students however, inferior performance by the simulator-trained students might be attributed to the way in which the devices are presently configured. For example, the simulated diesel engine sits on a table and is easier to work on than an engine sitting in the well of a real vehicle. A transfer-of-training index termed the EC ratio scores of the experimental group divided by the scores of the conventionally trained group, multiplied by 100 indicated a high level of transfer in all cases. Results will be used to guide future AMTESS development efforts.
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